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Artists and Speakers Series: Bridge of Spies

Film screening and commentary with Francis Gary Powers Jr.

Artists and Speakers Series: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg. Set during the Cold War, the film tells the story of lawyer James B. Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), who is entrusted with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. Air Force pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Powers was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and his only hope for release was through Donovan. 

Powers’ son, Francis Gary Powers Jr., who is the author of several books including Spy Pilot, consulted on the film. During the program he will discuss misinformation in the movie, talk about being on set and working with the cast and crew, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at what motivated Spielberg to make the film. 

5:30 p.m. Commentary with Francis Gary Powers Jr.
6-8:15 p.m. Film screening
8:15-8:40 p.m. Audience Q&A 

A book signing will take place before and after the program. Books will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but registration is required. 

Click here to see a trailer for Bridge of Spies.


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